Asphalt is one of the most popular materials for driveways, parking lots, roads, and more for plenty of reasons. Asphalt is extremely long-lasting, and also very affordable to maintain in the long term. Some maintenance is required, but when a solid installation from qualified asphalt driveway contractors can last for 20-30 years, it’s still an excellent investment.

However, there will be times when you can’t handle the work or maintenance yourself and need to call in the pros to handle the job. When do you need asphalt driveway contractors? Here are some of the most common situations.

Building An Asphalt Driveway or Other Installation

For starters, asphalt simply isn’t something an amateur can install for themselves – not if they want good results, anyway. The material itself is hot and dangerous to work with, and there is extensive prep work to be done. Most of the time, if an asphalt driveway fails prematurely, it’s because of poor installation.

In particular, the ground beneath the asphalt must be very carefully graded and prepared, to ensure that it’s a suitable ‘foundation’ for the asphalt which will be going on top. Also, consideration must be given to what’s underneath the asphalt. It should never go on top of septic system components, for example, and it’s also best to avoid putting asphalt on top of water, power, or other buried service lines – if at all possible.

For all these reasons, you want asphalt driveway contractors with a long history of success on a variety of projects


Regular sealcoating is an absolutely vital part of owning an asphalt driveway or other installation. Sealcoating works much like finishing a piece of wood, creating a hard outer coat that is waterproof and damage-resistant, as well as preventing UV damage from the sun.

If you’re installing a new piece of asphalt, it should not be sealcoated immediately. The asphalt needs time to settle, and for all its hardening chemical transformations to fully occur. At a minimum, you should wait three months before the first sealcoat, and even up to twelve months is still fine.

After that, the sealcoat will wear off over time and should be replaced every 2-3 years for best results. This is another job that’s best left to the professionals. While it is possible to buy sealcoating products yourself, they’re tricky to apply properly – not to mention being hot, unpleasant work. Hiring asphalt driveway contractors leads to better results and avoids a lot of labor on your part.

This may seem like a hassle, but proper sealcoating will add many years to your asphalt’s life, while also preventing repairs. 

Repairing Cracks and Holes

If your sealcoating fails, or if something particularly damaging happens to your asphalt such as the land below settling, it can still develop cracks or potholes. These should be taken care of as fast as possible! Once asphalt is compromised, the cracks and holes will only continue to grow. The larger they are, the repair work becomes increasingly difficult – and more expensive.

Very small cracks can be fixed DIY style with off-the-shelf patches, especially if you don’t care about minor discoloration in the patched spots. However, larger cracks and holes will have to be filled in by asphalt specialists. This is also true if you want your asphalt to have a like-new look, without noticeable patches.

In particular, it’s very important to have any cracks fixed before winter hits. Once temperatures reach freezing, that means any water which makes its way into the crack will do extra damage once it freezes. It’s not uncommon for neglectful property owners to see a small crack in the fall become a major obstacle in the spring, due to winter-related damage.

What To Look for In Asphalt Driveway Contractors

There are plenty of asphalt driveway contractors here in the Triangle, and all across the state. Which ones are going to be best?

You should look for:

  1. Experience. Asphalt work is relatively easy to get into, and a lot of contractors fail within just a few years. For best results, you want an asphalt contractor with at least a decade of experience – and basically, the more experience the better. 
  2. Proximity. Asphalt is heavy and difficult to transport, not to mention other tools involved, such as the machinery needed for grading. All things being equal, your asphalt contractor should be as close to you as possible, to cut down on transportation costs.
  3. Fully licensed and insured. Never let a contractor work on your property without having their paperwork in order. Insurance is especially important. This actually protects you from claims, such as if a worker is hurt on the job.
  4. Detailed estimates. Dodgy contractors are common, and one of the biggest red flags is if they don’t provide detailed written estimates. Generally speaking, the more detailed an estimate is – such as breaking down material costs – the more likely the contractor is dealing with you fairly.
  5. Positive reviews. Online reviews aren’t everything, but they are a good guideline. If a contractor has too many negative reviews, that’s a bad sign. Look for one whose overall ratings are at least 4/5. 

Blalock Paving are your experts for concrete and asphalt services across the Triangle. We’re proudly family-owned and have been serving the area since 1968. Whether you’re installing a private home driveway, or maintaining a major municipal roadway, we have experience with jobs of all sizes. Contact us for a free estimate!

Asphalt paving is a great long-term investment, and a well-laid slab or drive can easily last between 20 and 30 years – but only with proper maintenance. Asphalt paving takes a lot of abuse, as well as being constantly exposed to the weather and elements. It needs to be protected and well-maintained if you’re going to see the best return on your investment.

So it’s important to keep an eye on your asphalt and be ready to take care of any minor issues before they turn into big problems. These are the most important things to keep in mind when maintaining your asphalt.

Three Musts When Maintaining Asphalt Pavement

1. Keep it clean

Asphalt is strong, but it is slightly soft. Trash and debris can damage the asphalt over time, particularly if vehicles are driving over that debris and grinding it directly into the asphalt. Also, smaller debris like dirt can be ground into the asphalt as well, discoloring it. If there’s too much junk on the asphalt, it could even disrupt water runoff, leading to water pooling – and that can quickly damage the asphalt as well.

So be sure to regularly clean your asphalt. Usually, just spraying it down with water is all it takes, but be sure to remove anything that’s stuck.

2. Repair cracks quickly

Once a crack or hole appears in your asphalt, it will only get bigger and be more of a problem over time. Small cracks can often be repaired using DIY patching tools. However, if you let the crack grow, you could be looking at expensive repair bills.

3. Sealcoat your pavement regularly

Sealcoating is to asphalt what finishing is to wood. It creates a hard, waterproof surface on your asphalt that protects it from water damage, UV damage, and more. When asphalt pavement is first installed, it needs to rest for at least 3 months before sealcoating, and 6-12 months is more common.

After that, the sealcoating should be replaced every 2-3 years. It’s a bit of a hassle, but this can add many years to the life of your asphalt, as well as preserving its looks.

Get Asphalt Pavement Services Today

Blalock Paving are the Triangle’s experts for concrete and asphalt paving, as well as asphalt sealcoating. If you want pavement that will last for years or need to maintain your existing asphalt, just click here for a free estimate!

Whether it’s for a home or a business, your driveway is one of the first things a visitor will experience on your property – and it should make a good impression! Well-maintained driveway asphalt is pleasant to drive on for everyone, as well as showing that you care about the property.

If your driveway asphalt needs to be repaired or replaced, what are the most important considerations? Blalock Paving is here to help!

1. Placement

If you’re installing a new driveway, or significantly re-doing your property, finding the best place for the driveway can be more difficult than it seems. Not only do you need to avoid any physical obstacles like trees, but you also need to consider what’s buried underground. Water lines, power lines, or septic systems can all be disrupted by having a driveway above them and should be avoided.

Know your property well before deciding on the driveway’s placement.

2. Sealcoating

To stand up to years of use and abuse, as well as exposure to the weather, it’s important for your asphalt driveway to be sealcoated. However, sealcoating isn’t typically done right away – it has best results when done around 6-12 months after the driveway is installed. Once done, it will preserve the driveway’s color, protect it from UV light, and prevent it from being damaged by rain, snow, and ice.

3. Drainage

A sealcoated driveway does not allow water to penetrate, so you need to have sufficient drainage around the driveway to get rid of any water. This may require some re-landscaping, to ensure water flows away from the driveway. A good driveway should have at least a 2% slope to keep water from pooling on the surface.

4. Finding the right contractor

Installing or repairing an asphalt driveway isn’t really a job for amateurs. If you have asphalt professionals on your side, they’ll be in a much better position to ensure every step of the job goes well. In particular, experts will ensure the ground and subsurface are properly prepared, which is critical for the asphalt to remain in good shape for years to come.

Blalock Paving has been the Triangle’s go-to source for driveway asphalt, concrete, and sealing work since 1968. We proudly stand by our work and can handle jobs ranging from residential driveways to major municipal installations.

Contact us to discuss your own driveway asphalt job!